A Brief History of Horror Film

Here are just a few of the high points in the history of cinematic horror...

1920: The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari: This German expressionist classic would go on to influence horror, science fiction, and film noir.

1922: Nosferatu: Actor Max Schrek, who took his role perhaps a little too seriously, is the creepiest vampire in film history. (Schrek's performance is memorably rendered by Willem Dafoe in Shadow of the Vampire.)

1925: Phantom of the Opera: Lon Chaney becomes the first major horror film star.

1931: Frankenstein and Dracula: Both monster movie classics appear this year, introducing audiences to Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi, respectively.

1960: Psycho: The shower scene, followed by the introduction-to-Norman's-mom scene, make this Hitchcock classic AFI's number one thriller of all time.

1964: Kwaidan: These four lavishly produced tales of the supernatural are adapted from Japanese ghost stories--a popular Japanese genre later responsible for Ringu, the film that kicked off the J-horror craze in the U.S.

1968: Night of the Living Dead: This low-budget, black and white film with rough edges turns out to be the perfect vehicle for unearthing the public's fear of flesh-eating zombies.

1973: The Exorcist: Linda Blair's head-turning turn as a girl possessed by the devil may just be the scariest film of all time.

1978: Halloween: The archetypal Boogeyman comes to town.

1999: The Blair Witch Project: This low-budget, black and white film with rough edges turns out to be the perfect vehicle for unearthing the public's fear of witches.

I'm sure I'm missing a few. Any suggestions?

Comments

For a different type of cinematic horror, check out any of the films on this list. Or just watch this, although I haven't and don't know anyone who has. Maybe it's the greatest film ever and know one will ever know it...or maybe not.


AAAAAAAAAARGH! My eyes, my eyes..

I can't believe you linked to that Rich. Its almost as bad as linking to this.


Wait, I think I found the "best" one of them all. Check this out!